Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 28, 2014

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POLO SHOWDOWN . . . The No. 3-ranked Stanford women's water polo team will have a shot at revenge when the Cardinal plays host to defending NCAA champion and top-ranked USC on Friday at 5 p.m. The Trojans are expected to arrive at Stanford with a 27-game win streak and a 20-0 record this season after facing Hartwick on Thursday and San Jose State on Saturday. Sunday's showdown will be the first meeting between USC and Stanford since the two teams set an NCAA record for the longest NCAA Championship game in history last season, playing through three sudden-death periods before USC punched in the winner to claim the crown. Stanford brings a 15-1 record into the match, which will be the Cardinal's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opener. Stanford's lone loss was to UCLA, 9-6, in the semifinals of the UCI Invitational on Feb. 23. Since then, the Cardinal has won six straight. Sunday's match also is the first of three times that Stanford will appear on the Pac-12 Networks. USC will host both the MPSF Championships and NCAA Championships this season.

BASEBALL CHANGE-UP . . . Due to weather concerns, Stanford baseball will play a doubleheader with Pac-12 co-leader Oregon on Friday, starting at 3 p.m. The third game of the series is set for Saturday at 2 p.m., depending on the possible storm scheduled for that day. The teams originally were going to play single games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Ducks come in with a 5-1 conference record (18-5 overall) and tied with Washington and UCLA for the top spot. Stanford (1-2 and 8-10) resides in seventh place and needs to have a successful weekend in order to move among the leaders.

DIVE TEAM . . . Stanford's Kristian Ipsen and Kassidy Cook are two of 25 divers named to the 2014 AT&T Olympic Performance Squad, as announced Wednesday by USA Diving. The AT&T Olympic Performance Squad includes divers who most exhibit the skill and determination to become 2016 Olympic Team members. Those selected to the 2014 squad include divers who competed at the 2013 FINA World Championships, have been named to the 2014 FINA World Cup team or who have been identified by High Performance director Steve Foley as divers who could play a key role in shaping the 2016 team. The squad has been proven to be a pipeline to the Olympics as all 11 members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team for diving were members of the Olympic Performance Squad in the years leading up to London.

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